Many of us have other health issues that play into our dental health. Two years ago I started having problems with a dry mouth. It started right around when my thyroid decided to take a nose-dive and I read that dry mouth is common in people with Hashimotos – diabetes & thyroid are a common link. This year, the dryness spread and I was tested for Sjogren’s this summer. The tests came back negative but it can take on average 6 ½ years to get diagnosed with that. My eye doctor told me that the only thing my testing negative told me was that I tested negative. I knew on day one that the rheumatologist was not going to be a keeper because he was not up on current treatments, so I am going to see someone else and get another opinion. My lip biopsy also came back negative but after I had that done, I learned that they should have taken at least 4 salivary glands for a sample and they did not do that.
I also have autonomic neuropathy which can affect your moisture producing glands so it is possible the problems are caused by that. However, my A1cs have been in the 5s the last 3 ½ years other than 1 which was 6.1. From what I read, once your BS gets under control, you will regain moisture at least in your eyes. I am not convinced that the autonomic neuropathy is the cause since mine started 3 years after my A1cs went into the 5s (and the were in the 6s a little over a year before the 5s). I plan on bringing up the autonomic neuropathy with my eye doctor when I see him in 2 weeks because I was not really aware of that part when I saw him in August.
I was prescribed Evoxac for the dryness in my mouth and that seemed seemed to help in the beginning but doesn’t seem to work anymore.
My question is for those of us that have good blood sugar control but other problems common in diabetics, especially those causing the dryness, what can we do to help preserve our teeth? I used to have really good, strong teeth and they are literally crumbling before my eyes!